We are Afero!

Our vision of “Afero everywhere” is about trusted, secure, easy-to-use IoT solutions for anyone – from the enterprise to the home.

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Who we are

“Afero Everywhere” may sound outrageous, but when you bring together some of the best of Silicon Valley professionals, you can expect outrageous. Outrageous transformation! We are not just engineers, experienced in building complex products, but artists determined to delight end-users. We are not just innovators cracking the innovator’s dilemma code, we are risk-taking entrepreneurs who have launched successful products. We are not just creative technologists generating patented products, we are business professionals focused on customer success and value.

We are mobile and hardware veterans from companies like Google, Apple, Nest, Amazon, Twitter, and Netflix joined by senior business professionals and industry veterans from companies including Seagate, GE Digital, SAP, Sun/JavaSoft, SugarCRM, Oracle, Palm, and Adobe to accelerate successful outcomes for our customers.

Fast Facts


Founded:
2014


CEO:
Joe Britt


Solution:
Secure Edge-to-Cloud IoT


HQ:
Los Altos, California


Investors:
Softbank, Samsung

“…Afero could be bigger than Android…”

What we do

We build comprehensive and secure IoT solutions for cloud-connected devices in any industry. Our turnkey architecture incorporates a secure Bluetooth® low energy module, scalable cloud services, and a range of development tools that help companies and developers quickly prototype and build connected devices. We build intelligent applications that gather meaningful analytics today and will incorporate artificial intelligence and machine learning tomorrow.

We make your IoT development frictionless by taking a “systems design” approach, touching on all parts of the connected ecosystem (edge device + hub + cloud + developer tools). We lay the foundation for IoT automation and provide the end-to-end security and scalability critical to your successful IoT deployment.

Leadership

Rocky Pimentel

Executive Chairman

Shin Matsumura

Co-Founder, Chief Business Officer

Joe Britt

CEO & Co‑Founder

Gil Gallardo

General Counsel

Gil has over 20 years of experience representing both public and private venture-backed tech & media companies. As a member of the executive leadership team, Gil has built and led both legal and business teams, and has guided the development of operational and market expansion strategies.

Gil began his career at Gray Cary (now DLA Piper) and has since worked in business and legal roles in a variety of sectors. Most recently, Gil built and led the legal team supporting Google’s Access and Energy business and the launch and expansion of Google Fiber.

Glenn Cross

Chief Sales & Marketing Officer

Glenn Cross joined Afero in mid-2017 to head up sales and marketing. With more than 30 years of experience building and leading world class global sales, marketing, and operations organizations, Glenn is responsible for building and managing the team that is driving worldwide customer adoption, partner relationships, and revenue growth. He has extensive experience successfully building and leading high-performing, globally distributed sales, marketing, and operations organizations from $25M to $1B in revenue.

Glenn was a key member of executive staff that executed 5 successful exits in the last 12 years. Glenn’s career includes software, hardware, cloud, and complex solutions. His previous experience includes leadership roles at large and small technology companies, including Sun Microsystems, McAfee, Oracle, Adobe Systems, SugarCRM, Palm, and Nuance Communications.

Rocky Pimentel

Executive Chairman

Rocky Pimentel joined Afero in early 2017 as Chairman of the Board. Rocky’s background includes experience as an operating executive with P&L responsibilities and a strategic advisor for numerous companies. He serves on the Board of Directors of Xilinx (XLNX) as well as Imperva Inc. (IMPV). He held various executive positions at Seagate, including President, Global Markets & Customers.

Rocky served as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for McAfee, Inc., a consumer and enterprise digital security products company acquired by Intel, (INTC). Rocky has either been an operating executive or on the Board of Directors for LSI Logic (acquired by Broadcom Limited (AVAGO), WebTV, (acquired by Microsoft), and Lifelock, Inc. (acquired by Symantec).

Shin Matsumura

Co-Founder, Chief Business Officer

Shin has had extensive startup business development experience in both Japan and the US over the last 20 years. Prior to Afero, Shin was part of the founding team of Movida, a major startup incubator and accelerator in Asia. Before Movida, he was at Hambrecht & Quist, where he managed investments in internet companies across the US and Japan.

Earlier in his career, Shin was with GE’s Corporate Audit Staff, and also at Mitsui & Co., where he worked with various global electronics component companies.

Joe Britt

CEO & Co‑Founder

Joe is an experienced Silicon Valley entrepreneur who founded Afero to re-think the way Internet of Things products and solutions are developed: by hiding complexity, Afero lets developers and users focus on their data. Joe also founded Danger Research in 2000 with co-founders Andy Rubin and Matt Hershenson. At Danger, Joe led the design of the hiptop smartphone (sold in the US as the T-Mobile Sidekick). Danger was purchased by Microsoft in 2008 for $500MM.

Before Danger, Joe joined WebTV as its first employee, where he developed the OS used in the WebTV set-top box platform, which was licensed by Sony, Philips, and others. His career began 25 years ago at Apple, and has also included senior engineering roles at 3DO and Catapult Entertainment. Just prior to founding Afero, Joe spent several years at Google working on Android.

Gil Gallardo

General Counsel

Glenn Cross

Chief Sales & Marketing Officer

Join us

At Afero, our goal is to help entrepreneurs and companies connect the world, while improving the way people communicate – with each other and everything around them.

We imagine the future and provide an environment where ideas are given space to grow. We’re always looking for makers and doers. Are you daring, unconventional, and creative? Send your resume to jobs@afero.io

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